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Apparel Industry Addresses Sustainability

Wed, 2014-01-29 09:52

The fashion world is all about trends and keeping up with the latest styles. Fast fashion, as it’s called, has emerged to feed consumer demand for novel, trendy, inexpensive apparel. While consumers of fast fashion often sacrifice quality and durability for an affordable up-to-the-minute style, there are hidden social and environmental costs all along the supply chain. Some in the industry are starting to pay attention and strive for improvement, classifying sustainability as both a business imperative, and an opportunity.

Leading the Way

Solar Investing Goes Mobile and Global

Wed, 2014-01-22 09:58

This summer I covered an innovative company out of California that is helping to bring more solar to more people through the first online investment platform for clean energy. Mosaic continues to make its mark on the solar industry and is about to take another giant step forward with its solar crowdfunding concept

$1 Million Grant

Discover Green Building with GBIG

Wed, 2014-01-15 09:54

The USGBC has developed a tool to increase the transparency of LEED certification and to support the growth of green building worldwide. Through the creation of a comprehensive, searchable, web-based system that offers free access to the public, it is easier than ever to research details of green building projects. The search engine and data platform are known simply as GBIG, which stands for Green Building Information Gateway, and can be found at

Positive Developments in Wind Energy

Wed, 2014-01-08 09:48

As the U.S. wind industry faces uncertain times with the year-end expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), recent studies show positive signs that wind energy still has the strength to endure through the uncertainty. Upon reviewing several reports that addressed controversial wind industry issues including noise disturbance and health impacts, home values, project costs, and domestic job creation, findings in each study supported wind’s viability as a clean alternative energy source.

Recycling Supports Green Education

Mon, 2013-12-23 09:57

If you read What Not to Recycle on Halloween, you know that Terracycle is a mail-in recycling program for items that are difficult to recycle through standard processes. Everblue investigated how the program works and decided to try it out. Here’s a recap of how things went – our own case study, if you will!

Finding a Partner

Streamlining Solar Through Permitting

Wed, 2013-12-18 09:52

When it comes to the cost of solar, there has been a lot of attention given to the falling cost of PV solar systems, which is driven mostly by PV module prices. As the hardware costs come down, reduction in “soft,” non-hardware costs requires a more focused effort. Non-hardware business process (or “soft”) costs currently account for well over 50% of the installed price of residential PV systems in recent U.S.

Tips for Safe Recycling

Wed, 2013-12-11 10:11

Recycling has become a part of everyday life in many ways. It’s creating jobs, saving money, protecting the environment, and protecting our health. Even as recycling is made easier with curbside pickup programs and separate disposal bins in public locations, the decision of what to put where can still be somewhat complicated. Here are some tips for properly handling and sorting items to uphold standards of health and safety within the process.

Keep These Out of Trash and Recycle Bins

Investing With A Green Purpose

Wed, 2013-12-04 09:50

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is not a new concept, but it is one that is growing and evolving. “Over the last two years, SRI investing has grown by more than 22% to $3.74 trillion in total managed assets, suggesting that investors are investing with their heart, as well as their head,” according to an article published on earlier this year. SRI is one of several approaches that influence or govern how asset managers invest portfolios. SRI can be defined as any investment strategy that seeks to consider both financial return and social good.

How to Safely Handle CFLs

Wed, 2013-11-27 09:37

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are one of the most popular energy-saving options because they emit as much light as a traditional bulb but use less energy. As simple as it may be to change a light bulb, there are some safety precautions that must be adhered to in order for the CFL to be an effective, safe, environmentally friendly option. Here are a few things you need to know when switching to CFLs:

Burn Out

6 Green Building Trends To Watch

Wed, 2013-11-20 09:50

Green building practices help to ensure a sustainable future through the design and operation of buildings that facilitate both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The green building industry continues to grow, evolve, and change in response to changes in our environment and the changing needs of our communities.

1. Smart Building Technology & Performance

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